Caroline Sullivan, senior at Tiftarea Academy, has danced 15 out of the 18 years of her life. She wasn’t introduced for traditional reasons, however, but because she needed it as a form of physical therapy at a young age.
Sullivan was born with a rare congenital birth defect called Sprengel’s Deformity, which is when the shoulder blade is abnormally connected to the spine.
She had surgery when she was 4 to help treat the defect and since then has needed a form of physical therapy, which she will need for the rest of her life.
Her parents decided to enroll her at the Carolyn Ellis School of Dance, where she learned different ways of moving her body with her condition.
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